Our Everlasting 1

April 25, 2012

Toko Kawai – Digital Manga Publishing – 2005 – 2 volumes

Gah, so old! This even has the purple DMP logo at the bottom of the cover, instead of the pink June logo, because it predates the imprint. This may have been among the first wave of BL that DMP released. It’s hard to believe how much has changed since then.

Anyway! I already talked about this volume a bit, when I did my Toko Kawai write-up a few weeks ago. It’s her first series, and it shows.

Shouin and Horyu are college classmates. Horyu is a popular and charismatic surfer, but he spends most of his time with his shy friend Shouin The story wastes no time getting to the romance parts. There’s a rather lengthy confession in the first chapter, made difficult by the fact that Horyu has a hard time convincing Shouin he’s being serious about loving him, and then Shouin rejecting him on the grounds that there’s no way popular Horyu could love him. The second chapter has the two growing closer, when Shouin pushes Horyu away after a previous negative experience with a boyfriend in high school scares him away from a serious relationship with Horyu. Other stories are simply cute. One is about how Shouin and Horyu consummate their relationship. One is about how badly Horyu spoils Shouin. Stuff like that.

The end of the book has a story about a couple where one of the men can’t have sex due to his weak heart. It will literally kill him. This explores how that affects the relationship, why he won’t get his problem treated, things like that. A good story, and it would be very welcome in any other BL volume, but it’s not one of Kawai’s better ones, and I wished the pages had been devoted to more about Shouin and Horyu.

It’s mostly a cute, happy romance. As I’ve said before, though, Kawai really knows how to write characters, so it’s fun watching Shouin and Horyu go through all the usual BL motions, and she takes her time to develop the relationship and really have the two feel each other out. I only say it reads like a rookie work because the plot points and the way the two talk everything out is very by-the-book. It’s still a very, very good book, though, and she handles everything expertly. Shouin and Horyu are both easy to like, and I also liked that there were details about their life, like the frequent looks at their classes and workload, and a lot of info about Horyu’s surfing hobby. Things like that make the characters more rounded, and stories like this much better since it’s not all about romance.

This is my least favorite of Kawai’s stories, but it’s still very, very much worth reading. I’m really very impressed with just how likeable all her books are, and that even her first volume is this romantic. It makes me want the next volumes of In the Walnut and The Scent of Apple Blossoms that much more. I am completely obsessed with her work, what can I say?

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